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Coonawarra graziers have access to the finest soils for viticulture. Doug Balnaves was born in the very heart of Coonawarra, quite near the sacred cricket pitch at Penola. An accomplished herdsman and shearer, Balnaves took up the challenge of planting vineyards in 1971. Working under the tutelage of legendary Coonawarra winemaker Bill Redman, Balnaves immersed himself in the culture of the vine, ultimately establishing a grande marque of Coonawarra and securing the inaugural presidency of the Coonawarra Vignerons Association. He remains a lifelong member of the Penola Pipe Band. For those who like their wines structured yet satin, powerful yet prettily perfumed, in the mouthfillingly muscular Coonawarra way, the Balnaves brand endures in the tradition of world class vintages grown to Terra Rosa soils, enriched by.. The old sheep shearer's shanty»
Clonakilla are one of our nation's most eminent vineyard wineries, a tiny production operation, established by a CSIRO scientist at Murrumbateman, very near Canberra. It turned out to be a fortuitous planting, with a climate not dissimilar to Bordeaux and northern Rhone, the Clonakilla property now occupies a rank next to the mighty Grange on the prestigious Exceptional Langtons Classification, it yields vintages of Australia's most invaluable Shiraz. At $26.99, the estate's entry level belies its stature and excellence within the pantheon of great Australian wine, an essential experience this week for all enthusiasts, a canny choice for shrewd and judicious aspirants of elite new world Shiraz... Here's what our most picky pundits prefer»
Just a few kilometres north of Lowburn, near the windswept shores of frigid Lake Dunstan, atop the parched and laborious terroirs of Central Otago, a high country merino stud between the Amisfield and Parkburn streams was sown to vineyards two decades ago. Grazing country makes magnificent viticulture, the austere alluvial and glacial schist soils now yield the quality of Pinot Noir which has defined Central Otago as the world's most demonstrable marque in full bodied, intensely complex, yet beguilingly seamless Pinot Noir. The challenging terraces which spiral around the fractious knolls of Amisfield Vineyard, sire a sensational range of wines defined by their affable excellence, sound structure and pristine, penetrating varietal fruit... Satiations from the nethermost regions»

Pepper Tree Cabernet Sauvignon CONFIRM VINTAGE

Cabernet Sauvignon Wrattonbully South Australia
Pepper Tree are traditionally crafted from choice parcels of fruit which can best display heightened varietal character and a sense of place. Wrattonbully adjoins the famous Coonawarra and shares many of her sister's viticultural endowments. Fashioned to be a true expression of the terroir whence it originates, Pepper Tree is a generously flavoured Cabernet Sauvignon with all the warmth and charm that defines the natural endowments of Wrattonbully's rich Terra rossa soils.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$233.00
Pepper Tree have applied their principles of dedicated vineyard management and uncompromising standards of vinification, in the pursuit of a compelling yet accessible Cabernet Sauvignon. Wrattonbully adjoins Coonawarra, the prominent viticultural feature is a series of ancient beach ridges and dunes which run north to south. These are made up of soft crumbly limestone which weathers to produce the red and brown Terra rossa clay loam soils that are so highly prized for growing outstanding Cabernet. Components harvested from good vineyards are treated to a week's vinification on skins at 18C to 20C, followed by an extended term of age in a selection of French oak barrels.
Deep, dark scarlet in colour. Complex nose of cassis and blackberry fruits with a heady mix of lifted spice notes integrated well with subtle French oak. Rich and concentrated, displaying a sweet mid palate, long fruit with complex spice flavours. The nicely structured finish is balanced well by subtle ripe tannins.
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